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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 4.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.9
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.1
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.8
Overall User Score (16 votes) 3.9

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Game Vortex (Aug 17, 2006)
Nancy Drew: Danger By Design is not a spectacular, blockbusting, next-gen title. But it is a solid, stable game that will provide hours of fun and likely a fair bit of discovery for many players. And you can be absolutely certain - this is not the case for a lot of adventure games - that there will be a number of sequels to which you may reasonably look forward.
Adventure Lantern (Aug, 2006)
Danger by Design is still a blast to play. While there seemed to be too many timed puzzles, it sure did up the difficulty level from what we’re used to. And, if you prefer more puzzles to dialog, then this will be right up your alley. There were also a lot of new features introduced to this newest installment. If you’re a fan of the series, then you be happy to add this one to your collection. And, you get to look forward to the 15th game in the series being released this year.
Just Adventure (Aug 14, 2006)
14 games! Has Her Interactive really released that many Nancy Drew computer games?! Well, it has, and Nancy Drew: Danger by Design is #14. For the second time in the series (Curse of Blackmoor Manor being the first), Nancy Drew, ace amateur detective, is headed to another country. This time, she’s off to Paris, France. It seems that one of the best high-fashion designers, Minette, is having major problems. She throws temper tantrums, has recently fired three fashion designers and has taken to wearing a mask just as she released her Fall Collection. Now she’s really behind in designing her Spring Collection. Is it just because she’s also doing work on the dress that the First Lady will wear to the World Summit, or is there something more? Amy Grunhild, an investor, has sent Nancy Drew to work for Minette undercover to find out the answers.
GamerDad (Dec 13, 2006)
Her Interactive once again shows its colors with Nancy Drew: Danger by Design. It is an engaging adventure, just right for that young teen or tween. There aren't many games in age category. This is one, and it is a pleasure to see it is a good one.
Game Chronicles (Aug 15, 2006)
Even with its limitations, Nancy Drew: Danger by Design is a decently entertaining, albeit short, mystery adventure game with a diverse assortment of easy to moderately challenging puzzles. Family-friendly and easy to play, it may be a worthwhile and educational diversion for younger gamers.
Daily PC Game Reviews (Jul 07, 2012)
The graphics in Danger by Design is well done for an adventure game of this nature and year (2006); you will find a unique blend of real life photos mixed in together with detailed game artwork. The interface is generally well designed, but the conversation box is rather small for comfort.
GameZebo (Apr 07, 2008)
Nancy Drew: Danger By Design is an entertaining and challenging game that should be a refreshing change for casual game players. If you don't mind the huge download and some tricky puzzles, you're in for a fun adventure with well-written dialogue, many locations and a clever mystery to solve - if you're smart enough, that is.
GameZone (Aug 15, 2006)
Nancy Drew Danger by Design is a decent adventure game for families and teens, but it’s not as good as other games in the series. It’s to be expected that with a series that is as long running as this one (14 games!), that there will be a few mediocre titles. Hopefully the next game will be much better.
Quandary (Sep, 2006)
Though it's not the best of the Nancy Drew titles, there's a lot to like here for Nancy Drew fans. Nancy will surely entertain on this adventure and keep her fans coming back for more.
Nancy Drew: Danger by Design takes Nancy on a covert operation to Paris, the City of Lights. Ostensibly, she is there as an aide to Minette, a mask-wearing, up-and-coming designer of haute couture for plus-size women. Actually, Nancy is there to discover why Minette is falling behind schedule designing her spring collection, and why her behavior is increasingly erratic.
Puntaeclicca.it (Sep, 2006)
Una delusione a metĂ . I giochi di questa serie hanno sempre un'attrattiva particolare, ma questo appare poco calibrato specie nella storia che promette molto ma mantiene solo parzialmente.
Video Game Generation (Dec 06, 2007)
Nancy Drew: Danger by Design is a notch below recent entries in the series, but still worth a look for fans just now discovering the franchise.
Adventurearchiv (Aug 21, 2006)
Die Nancy-Drew-Serie bestach bisher durch gut durchdachte Stories, originelle und mit der Geschichte verwobene Rätsel und eine fehlerfreie Auslieferung. Dieses Mal aber hat man richtig daneben gegriffen. Es wäre besser, wenn Her Interactive nur ein Spiel im Jahr produzierte, dafür aber die Erwartungen in Bezug auf Dialoge, Grafik und Stimmigkeit erfüllen würde. Das nächste Spiel der Serie wird im Oktober erscheinen. Hoffentlich wird uns 'The Creature of Capu Cave' wieder versöhnen.
Adventure Gamers (Aug 18, 2006)
Ultimately, Danger by Design seems a little more preoccupied with delivering what has worked in the past than trying to break new ground creatively. The Nancy Drew games are conservatively budgeted titles that are not meant to compete with high end games like Myst; nor is that their market. But their market is made up of a significant number of repeat customers, and those will find that Danger by Design is not going to provide anything new or particularly challenging this time around. While that still leaves all the things that are consistently enjoyable in the series, it also tends to create a strange feeling of déjà vu. I suspect it will take the average gamer approximately twelve hours to play through the game. This is once again good value for a game that can be played on the average PC and retails for less than most kids' toys, but it just hasn't quite lived up to the quality of the better Nancy Drew games in the past.
Though it pains me to do it, the best rating I can give this, the 14th entry in the Nancy Drew series, is "average." It's a good-looking game with some enjoyable challenges, but the two stories it tells have nothing to do with each other, effectively denying players one of the basic satisfactions of mystery fiction. Rather than restoring order and balance, Nancy settles for tidying up a bit, tilting the game more toward chore than adventure. Here's hoping her next outing, Creature of Kapu Cave, will provide the satisfactions that make both Nancy and the genre within which she lives so enduring.
GamesFirst! (Sep 25, 2006)
As a Nancy Drew game and as an adventure game, Danger by Design focuses on the game narrative and on its puzzles. The narrative itself is solid, but the overall game has a few quirks in terms of game play and design that keep the game from being as good as it could be. In all, Nancy Drew: Danger by Design is an solid new entry into Her Interactive's series of Nancy Drew games and an excellent entry into the world of girl games.
JeuxVideoPC.com (Oct 03, 2006)
Si les avis diffèreront, une chose reste sûre : Nancy drew continuera d'enquêter. Que cela soit outre-Atlantique, avec la sortie imminente du quinzième opus, The creature of Kapu, ou chez nous avec Dernier train pour Blue Moon Canyon, on n'a pas fini d'entendre parler de notre jeune héroïne.
Jeuxvideo.com (Oct 12, 2006)
Danger au Coeur de la Mode est moins convaincant que La Malédiction du Manoir de Blackmoor à cause d'un certain déficit d'ambiance, d'une durée de vie faiblarde et d'une linéarité un peu plus prononcée. Reste un titre que vous pouvez acheter si vous aimez le genre, mais ne vous attendez pas à une révolution ou à un grand jeu, car c'est juste un titre moyen qui est loin de casser trois pattes à un canard.
Gamekult (Nov 03, 2006)
Bon an mal an, la série fait son petit chemin, sans réellement progresser, mais elle parvient à conserver l'intérêt des joueurs avec ses personnages bien campés (et bien doublés) et ses mini-jeux pour une fois ni trop rébarbatifs ni trop soûlants, même si certains puzzles tordus ne manqueront pas de piquer un peu là où ça réfléchit. Un cru dans la bonne moyenne, en somme, d'une saga qui mériterait toutefois de se renouveler un grand coup, ne serait-ce que d'un point de vue technique. Ca commence à sérieusement sentir le réchauffé, même à ce prix.
The game looks great, they took exceptional pains in giving each room several layers of detail. The fish in the fish tank swim, and all the people move quite naturally. If this were a cartoon, it would be of average quality. I only curse that the game was executed so poorly. The plot is the product here, and I'm sure fans of the teenage detective will slog through hours of boredom to advance to the end of this whodunit. Actually that is this game's worst quality, it seems just thrown together to milk the cash cow of the franchise.

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